The New RealityMay 22, 2007 at 2:05 pm | Posted in art | 5 Comments
If you enjoy 20th century art, allow me to recommend a terrific exhibit at the Grand Palais right now.
It’s called Nouveau Réalisme, but don’t let the title throw you off: there’s nothing conventionally “realistic” about this art. The term was coined mid-century as a reaction to the self-seriousness of abstract expressionism. The idea was to bring figures and objects — real things — back into art, but in an unexpected new way… in other words, no stodgy old paintings of flowers and fruit.
The result is a playful, ironic approach to art that mirrors the pop-art experiments of Americans like Warhol and Lichtenstein. Highlights include the torn posters of Villeglé, the whimsical machine art of Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle‘s shooting paintings, and of course — my own favorite — Yves Klein, who insisted that his blue monochromes were simply paintings of the sky.
If you didn’t make it to the Klein and Rauschenberg retrospectives at Pompidou this winter, this exhibit is a great place to catch a glimpse of what you missed.
28 March – 2 July 2007
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
square Jean Perrin entrance
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